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Thomas James MATHERS

Regimental number2178
Place of birthRous Mill, Richmond River, New South Wales
SchoolRous Mill Public School, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressRous, Richmond River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinBrother, William Mathers, Rous, Richmond River, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 12 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He left a selection of some 400 acres in N QLD, a good income, when he enlisted.' (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Date of fate incorrectly entered on Nominal Roll as 6 May 1915.
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 48), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
76
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Rosetta MATHERS, 'Newark', Rous, Richmond River, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 919 Pte Chapman MATHERS, 15th Bn, died of illness (typhus), 17 February 1917, while a Prisoner of War in Turkey.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Joined Bn at Gallipoli, 2 August 1915.

Reported missing, 8 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry, Serapeum, 6-8-28 April 1916, concluded: 'Killed in action, 8 August 1915.'

Statement, 2114 Pte F.W. BAGLEY, B Company, 15th Bn: 'Witness saw Mathers killed on Sunda morning Aug 8 early. He was shot in the head in the charge on a flat piece of ground near Hill 971. The bullet entered at his chin. He lived for a few minutes only after being shot. He was a little snowy headed fellow with a light moustache and a red complexion.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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